The journey of my Tribe series started a bit earlier, with my involvement in developer-focused Slack communities and participation in the Moringa School program. However, MEST serves as the hallmark of this series, as it brought together like-minded individuals who faced similar challenges in tech, startups, and entrepreneurship across Africa, just as I had in Nigeria.
This experience felt like being in a room full of mirrors, reflecting individuals who battled the same challenges within different PESTEL narratives. While it was exciting, it also prompted me to explore the dynamics of diverse teams and how to manage them effectively.
This led to the founding of a data analytics company called KPILens, which brought together South African, Ghanaian, Ivorian, and Nigerian team members, including myself. However, reflecting on this experience made me realize the importance of striking a balance in team composition to ensure efficient communication, as aggressive diversity can sometimes pose challenges.
Tecmie grew post VPS. I also had to learn GIT by force after that because I never wanted to loose another piece of hard written code because I had no backups anywhere else apart from the server. With my work at the consultancy I got a job. Saturn communications a leading media provider in Nigeria had hired me to lead their I.T team.
They maintained and operated radio stations across the nation and hosted the largest half marathon in Nigeria Aba half marathon. I loved my work with them because they gave me creative freedom, and paid well for a then student.
I setup their whole infra on linux and removed as much dependency on windows firmware as possible, designed and built the marathon management system and implement a run tracker app for the participants also setup the websites and social media to get them running.
After Saturn (Magic FM) I was looking for adventures so I visited Ghana. My first visit to Ghana was in 2015 and the goal was to launch a tech training program (hartsworkshop) still running on Instagram. I loved the country and decided I was gonna visit again.
however hartsworkshop also exposed some of the gaps I had in tech, which made me wanna learn. So I came back to Nigeria and decided I was gonna move to lagos. You see all my life I’ve lived in the south east away from the center of tech in Naija.
I eventually went through the struggle phase, met amazing people like Ade (Eat pray purpose) who gave me an even larger world view of how much potential tech has, and so I tried to leave my comfort zone again.
I returned back home and moved back to lagos to work in a startup. Sendbox was my first startup experience and it was sooo much fun, I had the most friendly teammates and I believe I was the second Omo Ibo (Igbo boy) at my time there. The first omo Ibo is Moses (founder of topship as of now[linkedin]). While at sendbox I got an offer to join MEST on a one year scholarship. So it seemed like once again Ghana was calling my name.
I started a gossip blog with my sister Ruth, Terrylicious. We grew and started receiving 5k daily visits, eventually moving to a low-end VPS provider called Crissic when VPS was still a bleeding-edge thing. However, it cost us when Crissic got acquired by Quadranet. I missed the memo where they asked all clients to move their servers out (source). Sadly, we lost our VPS, and there was no way to recover Terrylicious, so Terry died a painful death.
After Terry, it was hard to recover everything, and given the poor VPS tooling back then, I had mixed up the Tecmie website, Terry website, and a couple of apps that got lost. In the end, we had to rebuild, but only Tecmie survived.